Step 3

Enter the Competition

​CLOSED - Call for Entry is now closed for the 2018 Global Effie Awards.
Call for Entry for the 2019 Global Effie Awards will open October 2018 (tentative). The materials here from the 2018 competition are available as reference only.

Step 2

Download Entry Materials

CLOSED - Call for Entry is now closed for the 2018 Global Effie Awards.
Call for Entry for the 2019 Global Effie Awards will open October 2018 (tentative). The materials here from the 2018 competition are available as reference only.

Step 1

Things you should know before entering the competition.

Collaboration yields the most effective, thorough cases. Entrants are encouraged to work together with agency and client partners to submit a case. Entrants must credit all main strategic and creative partners on the case. Effie reserves the right to refuse entry at any time.
By the time a Global Effie entry has reached the winners’ circle, it has survived two rounds of evaluation. The experience of the judges ensures that Effie is honoring the industry’s most effective work.

Global Effie Round One judging takes place in person and online. The highest scoring cases from Round One will proceed to the Final Round. In Final Round judging, all Global Effie finalist cases are evaluated during the same judging session.

In both rounds, all elements of an entry, including the written case and creative elements, are judged. At in person sessions, juries discuss the cases after they have reviewed. However, scoring is done individually without discussion. All scoring is anonymous and confidential.

Global Effie Scoring Criteria
Judges are asked to evaluate specific criteria in scoring a marketing case’s overall effectiveness, and provide four separate scores analyzing specific attributes of the work. The breakdown is as follows:

trategic Challenge + Objectives =      23.3%
Idea =                                                        23.3%
Bringing the Idea to Life =                       23.3%
Results =                                                    30%

                                                            100% of final score

The judges’ scores determine which entries will be finalists and which finalists are awarded a gold, silver or bronze Effie trophy. The finalist level and each winning level – gold, silver, bronze – has a minimum score required in order to be eligible for finalist status or for an award. Effie Trophies are awarded at the discretion of the judges.

It is possible that the Global category may produce one, two, three or four winners of any level or perhaps no winners at all.

Judges read your written case first and then immediately watch your video. Make sure your team reviews both together to insure they work seamlessly together before submitting your entry.

If you are interested in participating on a Global Effie jury, please complete a Judge Application.
Entries that become Finalists and Winners will be showcased in various ways.  Work submitted must be original and you must have secured rights to submit it.
Effie respects that entries may include information deemed confidential by the client.  To accommodate this, Effie allows entrants to select publication permission settings and judging is completed both confidentially and anonymously.
Written Case
Effie's permission policy allows entrants to indicate whether or not they give permission to publish the written case if the submission achieves finalist or winner status.  The options to select are Yes; Yes, Edited; or No.
If an entrant selects Yes, the case will be published as-is if the case is a finalist or winner.
If an entrant selects Yes-Edited, the entrant will be contacted if the case is a finalist so the entrant is given the opportunity to provide an edited version of the brief for publication.
If an entrant selects No, Effie will not publish the written case and the written case will only be seen by judges at the judging session.  However, Effie has the option to publish, reproduce, and display the public case summary and the creative materials, including the 4-minute creative reel that was submitted at time of entry.
When entering, entrants are allowed to index data if they wish.
Case Summary & Creative Materials (Includes Video, Images)
The creative material & case summary entered into the competition becomes property of the Effie Awards and will not be returned.
By entering your work in the competition, the Effie Awards is automatically granted the right to make copies, reproduce and display the creative materials & case summaries for education and publicity purposes such as, but not limited to, the Effie Awards Journal, website, partner websites, newsletters, programming/conferences, and awards gala.
Creative material submitted to the Effie Awards includes your 4-minute video reel, all .jpg images, and hard copy examples of your work.
All jury members sign confidentiality forms and review work at a secure judging location arranged by Effie.  Judges cannot remove materials from the judging session and are specifically matched with entries that do not pose a conflict of interest where they would need to recuse. Judges do not review submissions from their own agency, brands they work on, or any direct competitors.
Additional Points
Some of the brands most concerned with confidentiality are multi-year entrants and winners for Effie – they are comfortable entering because of Effie’s confidentiality policy, the ability to index data, etc.  We recommend taking a look at the winner showcase to see past brands that have engaged with Effie.
Effie Board, Executive Staff and Committee members are senior, well respected professionals in the industry on the client and agency side.  If you are interested, we would be happy to set up a time for them to talk to your client about confidentiality.
An additional suggestion we also have is to nominate the client for judging.  Sometimes participating as a judge is the clearest way to learn the value of the award and judges really value the opportunity because it provides a chance to understand how success works outside their own specific product / service category (sometimes yielding good ideas to incorporate in their own category) and also provides excellent networking.  To nominate a judge, email Amie Song.

Be direct. Present your story in an easy-to-follow style with minimum hyperbole. The link between the strategic challenge, the objectives, big idea, the creative executions, and results should be clear.

Be concise. Use the space and pages provided in the standard form. Don’t add pages – they will simply be discarded upon receipt.

Be compelling. Your entry should be stimulating to read. Share your story with passion and personality – with facts to back it up.

Include clear, simple, relevant charts and tables. If done correctly, charts and tables allow judges to easily assess the success of the marketing initiative.

Proofread. Ask a strong writer to review your case for spelling, grammar, logic flow, and mathematical errors.

Don’t leave judges with questions. Have a few of your colleagues unfamiliar with your brand read your case through before submitting to find out what questions they have after reading the case, what holes they can poke through your argument, and what parts of the case were confusing. Ask them to give you honest feedback about the length and the jargon. Judges appreciate cases that are not overinflated and that are clear and simple.

Following The Rules

Know the rules. Review the formatting requirements, entry requirements, and the Reasons for Disqualification before submitting your entry.

Proving Your Case

Identify the competitive landscape. Context is key. Do not assume that the judges reviewing your entry are aware of the marketplace ins and outs of your particular category. Be sure to provide a clear picture of the marketplace situation, category and competitive context. Judges frequently down score entries that fail to give this context as it is not possible to evaluate the significance of the objectives set or results achieved without it.

Tell judges why it was successful. For every objective provide clear, sourced results and provide context for judges to judge those results and objectives. Restate your objectives and KPIs in the results section. For example, what was spend for your brand in the prior year, for the competition, etc.? What were results prior year vs. now for your brand and the competitive landscape, etc.? Explain the significance of your results – what did they mean to the brand?

Eliminate other factors that could have led to the success of the brand. Prove that it was the marketing communications effort that led to the results presented in the case.
The following will result in disqualification and entry fees will be forfeited.

1.  Data not referenced. 

All data, claims, facts, etc. presented anywhere in the entry must reference a specific, verifiable source. This could be advertiser data, agency research or third party research companies. We reserve the right to verify the accuracy of the data with the source named. 

Sources must be provided next to each piece of data or in clearly marked footnotes at the bottom of each relevant page of the entry form. Be as specific as possible in documenting all evidence; provide sources of data, research involved, and the time period covered. Use the specific name of the company to reference a source except when the source is an agency company (ad, media or other agencies).

Because Effie is an agency-blind competition we require agency research (whether or not it came from your own agency) to be referenced via the term “Agency Research.” However, you must still be as specific as possible about this source (time period covered, research involved, etc.).  Effie reserves the right to verify accuracy and completeness for all sources.

2.  Agency names/logos published in the entry questions or in the creative materials.

As mentioned above, Effie is an agency-blind competition – do not cite any agency names or display agency logos anywhere in the entry form or creative materials.

3.  Including Results or Competitive Work/Logos on the 4-minute creative reel.

You are not allowed to include results or competitive work/logos on the reel. Refer to the Creative Reel instructions in this document.  The reel is meant to showcase the work as it ran in the marketplace.  Entries that include results or competitive work/logos in the video will be disqualified.

4.  Failing to follow the formatting requirements as outlined in the entry rules & regulations and in the entry questions.
Review the formatting requirements for rules on font, color, pictorial elements, leaving questions unanswered, and removing parts of the entry form.

5.  Missing Translation / Creative Viewing Guide.

All entries with non-English creative materials must include a translation page (or subtitles within the creative materials are also acceptable). 
Review the 2018 entry kit for a thorough outline of all requirements from this year's competition.
PDF 2018_Global_Effie_Entry_Kit_FINAL
2018 Multi-Market Entry Form Template & Guide

The Multi-Market Track celebrates efforts that ran in at least three countries within the past three years.
DOCX 2018_Global_Effie_Entry_Form_Multi-Market_FINAL
2018 Multi-Region Entry Form Template & Guide

The Multi Region Track celebrates efforts that ran in at least four or more countries and in two or more regions within the past three years.
DOCX 2018_Global_Effie_Entry_Form_Multi-Region_FINAL
Review advice from past Effie judges.

This document will provide:
- Brief outline on judging process
- General judge tips on crafting an effective entry
- Specific judge tips for each of the scoring sections
PDF 2018_Global_Effective_Entry_Guide_FINAL
Reviewing winning cases is a great way to see what it takes to earn a Global Effie Award. Three sample cases are provided.

Additional cases may be reviewed in the Case Study Database.
PDF 2018_Global_Effie_Case_Samples_FINAL
Review a sample Insight Guide to see the type of feedback you could obtain from judges.
PDF 2018_Global_Effie_Insight_Guide_Sample_FINAL

Credits - Company:  All creative and strategic partners who contributed to the marketing communications effort must be credited.  In order for each company to receive the proper credits in the Effie Effectiveness Index, the company must be credited uniformly across all entries.  For contributing agencies, ask how they should be listed for Index purposes.  We suggest reaching out to your own corporate communications/PR departments to ensure all client and agency names are credited correctly.

Credits - Individual:  You may credit up to ten individuals (maximum) who contributed to the campaign.  Effie advises entrants to credit all main client and agency team members and make sure spelling and title information is correct.  

Call for Entry is now closed for the 2018 Global Effie Awards.
Call for Entry for the 2019 Global Effie Awards will open October 2018 (tentative). The materials here from the 2018 competition are available as reference only.
Receive direct feedback from the judges who evaluated your case and learn the strongest and weakest scoring sections based on judging scores.

If purchased at time of entry, the cost is $250. If purchased after judging begins, the price increases to $350. 
For entry questions, contact Hope Spithaler at or 646-254-6312.

For judging questions, contact Amie Song at or 917-831-4561.

Interested in becoming a Global Effie judge? Apply here.